Ottawa hosts first ever Canada-Pakistan Cricket Cup

Cricket lovers and newcomers to the sport alike in the capital enjoyed the first ever Canada-Pakistan Cricket cup match yesterday at the Rideau Hall Cricket Ground.

In a thrilling last ball finish, Toronto Pakistan XI defeated Ottawa Canada XI Cricket team in the final of Canada Pakistan Cricket cup final match by 6 wickets. The match was part of the series of events, organised by the High Commission for Pakistan in Ottawa, in connection with the 70th anniversary of Pakistan's Independence.

After winning the toss, Ottawa Canada XI opted to bat first on the dicey wicket at the Rideau Hall Cricket Ground in the Governor General’s House. On the target, balling by the pacers and good fielding from the Toronto Pakistan XI restricted the Ottawa Canada XI to score only 82 runs in the 20 overs, while losing 9 wickets.
It seemed that the Toronto Pakistan XI would easily reach the target but the match went on wire. The Ottawa Canada XI team gave good fight, not allowing Toronto Pakistan XI to score freely.

In the final over of the match, Toronto Pakistan XI needed 15 runs to win the match. At this moment batsman Fawad Ul Haq hit two consecutive sixes in the last two balls of the final over, winning the Canada-Pakistan Cricket Cup by 4 wickets.

The High Commissioner of Pakistan Tariq Azim Khan gave medals to the winners of the final match. While speaking on the occasion the High Commissioner appreciated the hard work and display of exemplary sportsmanship by both teams. He also appreciated the efforts of Mr. Ali Memon, Captain of the Toronto Pakistan XI for sponsoring team travel. He appreciated the enthusiasm of the spectators which comprised of cricket lovers, diplomatic community and members of Pakistani Canadians Community.

The match was certainly one not to be missed, and its success will hopefully pave the way for more similar events in the near future.